Since early 2016, there has been a new KTM Komuter Train service from the Malaysia - Thai border station of Padang Besar to Butterworth in Penang. These Northern Commuter (Komuter Utara) train services are a really cheap way to travel around the northwestern states of the country.
This service has replaced all other trains, so is now the only way to travel from Thailand to Butterworth by train (all ETS services from Padang Besar to Butterworth have now been cancelled again from June 2018).
The new high-speed ETS Services now travel directly south no longer taking the branch line to Butterworth / Bukit Mertajam.
(Jadual Waktu Keretapi KTM Komuter Padang Besar ke Butterworth 2021)
*** New Temporary Komuter timetable from the 27th of May 2021 ***
If you wish to travel further south of Penang to Perak state, you can change trains at Bukit Mertajam Railway Station, where another KTM Komuter service operates as far as Padang Rengas.
If you want to travel to Penang Island, Butterworth Railway Station is located just a few minutes walk away from the jetty where ferries leave for George Town on Penang Island.
For more information about the train station in Butterworth click on the picture link below:
For information of the ferry over to Georgetown on Penang Island click on the picture link below:
These commuter services are a very cheap way to travel.
However, unlike the ETS Trains, there is no seat reservation and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
The fares table below shows all fares for the Komuter Utara (northern) trains all the way from Padang Besar to Padang Rengas: